April 22, 2015
Wedding: Wedding Rings
While you peruse our website in search of the perfect pair of wedding rings, you may come across the occasional industry terminology or metal you may not have heard of. Below, we have put together a glossary of words and how they correspond to wedding rings for you to understand.
Metals – when choosing a wedding band you must assess your lifestyles. Some metals are more durable than others, and can lose their shine or shape over time. To avoid any mishaps, take a look at the list below outlining the properties of each metal.
Platinum – Famed for its icy-white appearance, hardness and rarity, platinum is usually the go-to metal for most couples looking for luxury.
Palladium – Part of the platinum group, palladium shares the same icy-white colouring that will not tarnish over time and is a great alternative.
White gold – White gold is a composition of pure gold alloyed with other white metals such as silver and palladium. At The Jewel Hut, we supply 9ct and 18ct white gold for you to choose from and as a small tip, white gold is an excellent choice as a background for diamonds.
Yellow gold – We offer 9ct, 14ct, 18ct and 22ct gold wedding rings, each is a mixture of pure gold, silver and copper. These metals are incorporated to strengthen the gold in order for it to hold its shape.
*A word of warning, be sure not to wear 9ct with 22ct. The 9ct is built up of more alloys making it stronger than the weaker 22ct, thereby causing erosion to the band by wearing them together.
Rose gold – The unique colouring of rose gold is a byproduct of copper that is mixed with gold to create an alloy.
Sterling Silver – sterling silver is one of the most affordable metals on the market today. However, silver is a soft metal and may require reshaping, and the occasional polish to keep its lustre.
Titanium – titanium is incredibly strong, durable and distinctly darker in colour than most metals. It also has great hypo-allergenic properties, making it perfect for those who have sensitivities to jewellery.
A wedding band profile is the shape of the band.
Court – the most popular of ring profiles, the court is slightly rounded on the outside and inside allowing for a comfortable fit.
D-Shaped – a traditional option, the D-Shaped rings are popular amongst both men and women. This design makes the ring sit close against the finger and is rounded on the outer side.
Flat – this design is as simple as it sounds, flat in every way possible, the overall look, however, is chunky and has a weighted feel – great for people who love contemporary jewellery.
Flat court – perfect for those of you not used to wearing rings, the flat court has the look of the flat ring but has the comfort of a curved inner edge.
Flat sided court – similar to the court shaped ring, this design is curved on the outer and inner edges, but the flattened sides will make the ring look deeper when on the finger.
Halo – when you look at the intersection of a halo ring you will see a perfectly round circle. These rings were extremely popular amongst the earlier designs for ease of manufacture.
Concave – these rings possess a small channel running around the outer edge of the ring.